Church of God, Carmichael, CA
C. W. Naylor, 1930
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DESTROYING THE WORRY TREE
them to run. Positive suggestion is the basis of a happy and successful life. Make your thoughts help you, rather than hinder you.
One trouble with many people is that they are always resisting something. They are always on the defensive. This attitude of resistance toward our circumstances nd surroundings places us under a continuous strain. One writer has said, "Most nervous patients are in a constant state of muscular contraction; but a large percentage of the things that harass and vex them, causing them nervous tenseness, would cease to torture them if they would simply stop resisting. It is our perpetual resistance to annoying trifles that gives them power to annoy us."
I do not advocate surrender to circumstances. What we need is to adjust ourselves to them. This constant revolt against circumstances so common in many people takes the joy out of their lives. It keeps them under a perpetual strain. It uses up their energy to no purpose. Do not use up your energy resisting things. Displace the undesirable thing by something else if that is possible. If not, adjust yourself to it, make the best of it. Let us use in these things as great intelligence as we do in other things. When I am cold I do not resist the cold; I seek warmth. When I am hungry I do not resist hunger; I seek food. When I am weary, I rest. When I am anxious or worried, I turn to faith and trust. The Psalmist said, "What time I am afraid I will trust in thee." He had learned the secret of overcoming trouble.
The word "worry" is not in the Bible. You may look  for it from cover to cover. You will not find it. Since God did not see fit or think it necessary to use the word "worry" in the Bible, or have it used, just so it need not be in the Christian life. To be sure the equivalent is in the Bible. We find fear, trouble, and words of like nature, but we are commanded not to be afraid, not to be troubled.
Many people are like those of whom the Psalmist speaks. They are "in great fear, where no fear was" (Ps. 63: 5). The margin says, "They feared a fear where no fear was." Most of our troubles are imaginary, or if there is real trouble we add much to it through our imagination and fear. Some people are so afraid of trouble that they are never at rest. They are frightened at nothing; even as it is written, "The sound of a shaken leaf shall chase them" (Lev. 26: 36).
Listen to this promise: "Whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil" (Prov. 1: 33). Here is the promise that God made for us through Abraham, "That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, . . . all the days of our life" (Luke 1: 74-75).
The experience of the Psalmist may be our experience if we will do as he did: "I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears" ( Ps. 34: 4). We shall also do well to hold an attitude like that David held. He said, "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" (Ps. 27:1). The result of holding that attitude is stated  in verse three, "Tho an host should encamp against me, I my heart shall not fear: tho war should rise against me, in this will I be confident." Read also Ps. 46: 1-2. "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, tho the earth h removed, and tho the mountains be carried into the | midst of the sea." Again, "In God I have put my trust; will not fear what flesh can do unto me" (Ps. 56: 4). The exhortation of Christ is, "Be not anxious" (Matt. 6:25, American Standard Version). Read also verses 81, 84; Luke 12: 25-26.
Jesus said, "Let not your heart be troubled" (John 14:1). What reason does he give that we should not be troubled? He continues, "Ye believe in God." To him that was sufficient reason for not worrying. It ought to be sufficient reason to us. In verse 27 he says, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you.... Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
Now, for a concluding thought which we shall do well to keep fresh in our minds. When we trust in and obey God, whatever comes to us must come in his will. It must come by his permission. It cannot come without his knowledge. His watchful care is ever over us. He will always keep us no matter how many troubles come. Therefore if we abide in him and his Word abide in us, we shall never have cause to worry. We are safe and secure no matter how threatening future or present troubles may be. So cut down your worry tree with the ax of faith and rest in full assurance of faith in the righteousness and love of God. 
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